Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black hole darkness seemed to absorb light. Deep tan head was creamy and thick. Texture was really nice, like a drinkable milkshake. Zingy up front; smooth in the middle; lingering bitterness on the tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors and aromas ... dark chocolate, nuts, dark-roasted barley and coffee. Wheaty, earthy malts. I loved how the sweetness wasn’t over-the-top, yet there was a little to balance things out. Surprisingly nice hop profile to boot. Kind of grassy and herbal; clean and balanced; plant-like bitterness. High alcohol was hidden really well. Very well-made beer.
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is dark beer and then there is Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout. As black as it effing gets. Dark brown head, medium size, lasting, looks fantastic. As I pour it, it looks like liquid silk. My anticipation, as well as expectation, is quite high now. I allow the beer to sit for 10 minutes or so in the glass, don’t want it to be too cold. Real nice aroma on this beer... Chocolate and coffee, smooth tho... Flavor is very smooth... Sweet with rich chocolate and coffee flavors, not alcoholic at all and I love that. Nothing worse than an imperial with a ton of alcohol flavor... It just ruins the beer. Very creamy, silky. Really good. This is an ideal imperial stout as far as I’m concerned. Creamy, not too much alcohol, chocolate and coffee, smooth as silk and not astringent.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body with small brown head..aroma is crisp and consists of sweet dark chocolate, alcohol, and coffee...this leads to a mellow flavor profile of dark chocolate, marshmallow, dry roasted nutty coffee (very similar to a sweet stout or that of a dry impy porter)..pillowy, creamy palate
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle: This excellent beer poured pitch black with a dark brown creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter. Coffee notes give your a lasting bitterness combined with chocolate flavors thar are bittersweet and give a lasting roastiness on the tongue. An excellent balanced stout.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown head on this dark black pour. Coffee nose precedes a slightly sweet roasted cofee flavor with a hint of hops.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from biggcb. Deep charcoal black-brown body, medium, tight ochre head. Strong roasted malt aroma with rich chocolate notes (particularly from the empty bottle), cocoa, and coffee, with hints of soy and vinous characteristics. Creamy mouthfeel dominated by roasted malts and dry chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and a bitter, charred finish with a moderate hoppy character and hints of licorice. This bitterness becomes more assertive after a few sips, creating a rough, biting palate. Alcohol is warming. Very good beer but way too bitter in the finish to be world-class in my book.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with eclectic. Thanks Kevin! Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and hops. Taste is smooth and rich of malt, coffee and smoke. Has a pleasent sweetness but not over bearing at all. Finishes with a bit of licorice and raisin flavor. Very nice!
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good. Very much like syrup with a purple tint. Lots of sweet malt and very light hops. Some roasted character. A little chocolate. Great body, and rather expensive for what it is.
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500 ml bottle, this was the fifth beer sampled at Cellar’s Nøgne Ø on Friday. Pours a motor oil thick black with a thick beige head. Aroma of dark bittersweet chocolate, tawny port, burnt citrus wood, roasted barley malt, and some molasses. Taste of mostly roasted malt and vanilla. Finish is sweet/bitter and a heavy full body beverage. This one will fill you up like two pork chop sandwiches.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - APR 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
first norwegian beer for me, it’s pitch black with dark brown head. sweet malty aroma blended with flowery hoppiness, the flavor is chocolatey with roasty finish.